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Pompeo this week at the UN. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared today that he had been right to label attacks on Saudi oil facilities an “act of war” by Iran, but said Iran would fail to “goad us into conflict.”

The big picture: The U.K., France and Germany accused Iran yesterday of responsibility for the Sept. 14 attacks. Iran has denied responsibility for the attacks in Saudi Arabia, accused the U.S. of “deception" and warned of "all-out war" if attacked.

  • President Trump has also accused Iran but has not echoed Pompeo's claim last week of an "act of war."
  • Trump denounced Iran’s “bloodlust” in his UN address yesterday, but did not make a case for a military response.

Speaking today at an event hosted by United Against a Nuclear Iran on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Pompeo said the Europeans had “joined reality” in blaming Iran for the attacks and calling for new nuclear negotiations.

  • Pompeo said “everyone in the region and indeed in the world got lucky” that no one was killed in the attacks.
  • Iran, he said, is “calling every play in the playbook to goad us into conflict, to create division between nations and extort them into action, and you should know their playbook won’t succeed.”
  • He said the U.S. would continue to tighten sanctions on Iran, and he announced new sanctions on “certain Chinese entities for knowingly transporting oil from Iran, contrary to United States sanctions.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will address the UN today. He has met this week with the leaders of Germany, France and the U.K.

  • He has ruled out a meeting with Trump, insisting no talks are possible unless U.S. sanctions are loosened.

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More than a quarter of the 100 U.S. hospitals with the highest revenue sued patients over unpaid medical bills between 2018 and mid-2020, according to new research by Johns Hopkins University provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: The report suggests that, rather than being an anomaly, patient lawsuits are relatively common across the country and among the largest providers.

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Nextdoor, the neighborhood social network, has seen explosive growth over the past two years as homebound users became more fixated on what was happening on a hyper-local level.

Why it matters: Such rapid growth comes with challenges. What was once a niche social network is now so popular that it's grappling with some of the same thorny problems plaguing Facebook and Twitter, such as content moderation.

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Americans Michael Taylor and Peter Taylor pleaded guilty in a Tokyo court Monday to helping former Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn escape Japan in a box aboard a plane in 2019, per the Wall Street Journal.

The big picture: Ghosn was awaiting trial in Tokyo on financial misconduct charges following his 2018 arrest when he fled to Lebanon. He denies any wrongdoing.